TAGGED WITH BITTER LEMONS

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KKK, Me Me Me, Wah Wah Wah

A couple of weeks ago, on Valentine’s Day, I was depositing a check at an ATM. A guy had his car pulled up next to the bank, its stereo blaring. I couldn’t hear the person I was talking to on the phone, so I told the guy his music was too fucking loud. His reaction was to threaten me with an ass kicking. He said there were no cops around, and asked whether I was going to take my beating like a man. Since he only had a few inches of height and reach advantage, I let him roll up and go toe-to-toe with me. ...
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Virtue (a fiction)

I was at the hospital to visit a friend who had not long to live. He was a good friend in that we had at points hated each other. I knew terrible things about him, things that would have disgusted a stranger. We had shared triumph and remorse. He was young, but his death would consummate the misery of many who loved him. And since it was not I who had to die, I hoped it would come soon.I had visited with him and was leaving, leaving the trembly ruin of his face and body, leaving the nervous horror of his compan...
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The ABC's on Putting Bitter Lemons to Work for your Show (For Free)

It’s become more and more evident that we suck when it comes to marketing here at the Lemon. I’ll be the first to admit it. It’s mostly due to the fact that no one is actually doing it. Enci, our visionary, tireless, co-founder and publisher of Bitter Lemons, sorta kinda did the job for a wee while way back when, but she has her hands full now with her most important creative project to date: her family.So it’s interesting to note that over the last year or so (btw if anyone’s...
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What to See in Los Angeles Theater: Your Weekly LemonMeter Update

The boards are burning up here in SoCal, LemonHeads! There are currently 35 production Live on the LemonMeter as of the writing of this bad boy. That’s a whole lotta theater, folks, so why haven’t you made your reservations yet? Oh, perhaps, it’s because you’ve been waiting for your mid-week guide on what to see in Los Angeles Theater?Well, we aim to please.Here are the shows that the critics are liking best, pulled directly from our every trusty LemonMeter, giving you, the interest...
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Next Hollywood Fringe Town Hall to Cover Marketing & Advertising (Bitter Lemons Editor to Make an Appearance)

If that isn’t reason enough to show up I don’t what is!Yes, it’s true, I will rear my ugly head at the next Fringe Town Hall this Saturday, March 26, 2015, 3-5pm at the Hudson Theatres (MainStage), 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90038.Rotten vegetables will be passed out in the lobby for your throwing pleasure.Here’s some info on the event:Saturday, March 26th, 3-5 PM at Hudson Theatres (Mainstage)The second town hall will focus primarily on pre-festival marketing & adv...
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NEWSFLASH: Theater is Alive and (Mostly) Well in Los Angeles (Evidence Within)

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder: Fluffy, corny, sugary sweet, but you know what? Pretty damn entertaining, though so very “music-ally”. Can’t remember a damn thing about the show but I do remember smiling a lot. And that’s something.Blood Alley: A poor bastard son to Urban Death (a new version coming soon) and overall just not sharp enough for me to really recommend. As always, the cast is frighteningly committed and there are a handful of excellent visceral takeaways. Jus...
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Happy Eighth Anniversary, Bitter Lemons!

Eight years? How the hell did that happen?Though this is quite an accomplishment for us over here, it is made bittersweet by the news that Steven Julian, a stalwart in LA Theater, finally succumbed to cancer this morning. You can read about it here.But Steve would want us to carry on and so we do.Major thanks and shouts to everyone who has participated in this crazy experiment known as Bitter Lemons, especially my partner in crime, Enci Box.On this day, April 4th, in 2008, Bitter Lemons was born. This our origin sto...
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One Man's Ceiling

By the time I faced the Technicolor riot of a Maryland spring, the birdhouse on the writing balcony had been occupied by carpenter bees the size of your thumb. I’d go out and start typing and one at a time they’d come down and give me a chest bump and say,“I’m here.”I said, “I know.”Every few minutes they’d bang into my face and say it again.“I’m here,” they’d say.I’d say, “I get it.”A nesting pair of house wrens came by t...
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Are you Taking Full Advantage of all your Hollywood Fringe Benefits Here at the Lemon?

American Theatre Magazine calls us “indispensable,” the OC Weekly says we’re “the best website devoted to Southern California theater,” the LA Weekly deemed us “invaluable, ever-provocative, fearless, funny and unabashedly vainglorious” and the Hollywood Fringe Festival has crowned us Los Angeles Theater’s “theatrical lightning rod”.While we agree with all of them, we feel it’s avant garde North Hollywood based theater company, Zombie Joe’s Unde...
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Please Welcome our New Director of Social Media, Stefanie Bodkin!

Yes indeedy, LemonHeads, just in time for the Fringe we’ve got us a new Director of Social Media and her name is Stefanie Bodkin!Huzzah!Yup, that’s her up there in the picture. Commit that happy face to memory, folks, cuz Stef is gonna be all over the place during the Hollywood Fringe Festival, meeting people, seeing shows, Tweeting, Snap Chatting, Facebooking, Instagramming, if you see her nearby let her know and she’ll get you and your show in the mix.Hailing originally from Cyprus, Greece, her f...